Well, my 38-day Reclaim-Rebel Wellness Journey has come to an end with great results. As a reminder, this journey was broken down as follows:
--7 days of transitioning into the journey
--1 day of water fasting
--20 days fruitarianism
--5 days vegan
--5 days vegetarian
When I started the journey, I weighed 166.2 lbs and now at the end of the journey, I'm weighing 158.1 lbs. An 8 pound weight loss is good enough for me! I wasn't trying to lose much more than that...10 pounds was my maximum.
My biggest gain from this journey is that my eating habits have changed drastically and will now be a permanent one.
The 1-day water fast gave me my biggest jump—a loss of 3 lbs in one single day!!
I was at my happiest with the 20 days of raw food eating. For the first time in my life I had one fruit as a meal (called a mono-meal). 4 lbs of watermelon, or 4 huge mangoes, or half of a large papaya, or half of a pineapple. Refreshing and uber delicious. In this phase I also became a salad expert and was anxiously looking forward to making my next salad each time. My salads were filling and colorful as I mixed various raw vegetables with fruits to make them. You should see my rainbow plates. Then for dressings, they were usually a blend of a fruit and a vegetable...tomato and peach, tomato and mango, watermelon and green bell pepper, apple and celery...I could go on and on.
It was time for the 5-day vegan phase and I was quite reluctant to get out of the fruitarian phase. Enjoyed it so much!! I went in on the 3 day of this phase but still kept eating my raw vegetables and of course, fruits. I longed for a hard-boiled egg but stuck it out.
The last phase – the 5-day vegetarian, was welcomed as I could now eat everything except meat and dairy. That was fine with me.
This journey woke me up to the goodness of a plant-based diet. I never thought was this doable. Contrary popular belief, there is whole lot to eat on this diet.
I certainly don't miss eating beef (not to mention oxtails...I'm Jamaican). Going forward, I will be eating according to this journey and will probably have wild-caught fish and/or hormone-free chicken on certain occasions, but as a rule, my diet will be based on this 38-day journey.
I wish to thank Akilah Richards of Radicalselfie.com for introducing me to this awesome way of eating. It has truly changed my way of eating and subsequently...my life.